Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 2
UPDATE: Incumbent Jane Lumm defeated Democrat Jared Hoffert on Nov. 7, 2017. Lumm received 64.04% of votes, compared to 35.69% for Hoffert. Turnout in Ward 2 was 22.91%. Click here for detailed results of the Ward 2 election.
Jared Hoffert is a commercial operations director for Accenture, a consulting firm, working with the client Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. This is his first bid for elected office. He was unopposed in the Ward 2 Democratic primary and will face incumbent Jane Lumm, an independent, in the Nov. 7 general election.
Hoffert is active in the theater community, and serves on the board of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. He has performed in many theater productions, most recently in The Croswell Opera House production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" in the role of Pseudolus and in A2CT's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" in the role of Chairman/Mayor Thomas Sapsea.
He previously served on advisory committees for The Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan, and was on the New York Choral Society's Board of Managers. He earned a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Michigan in 1995.
Hoffert's campaign website provides details about his stance on a range of issues facing Ann Arbor. His campaign literature states that the basics of his platform are transparency, inclusion and efficiency. Other issues mentioned as a focus are pedestrian/bicycle safety, community involvement, small/minority business support and growth, encouraging diversity, infrastructure improvement, new approaches to affordable housing, and maintaining a strong home for the arts.
Hoffert is married to Julia Hoffert. They have a daughter and live near Sugarbush Park on Ann Arbor's northeast side.
Hoffert's campaign treasurer is Linh Song, a current Ann Arbor District Library trustee.
Jared Hoffert: In The News
Vote for City Council (endorsement editorial) – Michigan Daily, Nov. 5, 2017
City Council candidates look to Tuesday's general election – Michigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2017
Tens of thousands of dollars raised, spent in Ann Arbor council races – MLive, Oct. 30, 2017
$81M train station an issue in Ann Arbor's Ward 2 council race – MLive, Oct. 9, 2017
Candidate Comment (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 6, 2017
Ward 2 League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (Video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 5, 2017
Croswell to stage Sondheim musical – The Daily Telegraph, Aug. 10, 2017
Mayor's camp could lose 'supermajority' on Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, Aug. 9, 2017
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Broadway World, May 17, 2017
Challenging and interesting “Women and Wallace” at Ann Arbor Civic Theater (Review) – A2View, June 27, 2015